There's a Changing of the Guard Atop Porter Novelli

Karen van Bergen to Take on CEO Post in January

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As of January, Omnicom PR shop Porter Novelli will have a new CEO: Karen van Bergen.

Karen van Bergen, Porter Novelli
Karen van Bergen, Porter Novelli
Ms. van Bergen is replacing Michael Ramah, who was interim CEO of Porter Novelli for the past six months and is the firm's global director of strategy. Former CEO Gary Stockman left the company in July.

"Karen brings a unique global perspective to the role of CEO, having led numerous cross-border client assignments and managed multi-agency teams across the Omnicom network," said Dale Adams, president-CEO of Diversified Agency Services, a network within Omnicom of which Porter Novelli is a part, in a statement. "Her innovative leadership style is one that prizes collaboration above all else, empowering teams to draw from the best possible resources -- regardless of level or location -- to deliver creative, business-building programs for clients."

Ms. van Bergen joins the agency as it aims to turn itself around. The PR firm has been struggling with client losses the departure of a host of executives who left earlier this year. course of a month, the agency lost its chief marketing officer, president and chief financial officer, and in a major blow, its CEO.

Prior to joining Porter Novelli, Ms. van Bergen was senior partner-senior VP with Fleishman-Hillard in Amsterdam, where she spent nearly three years as the global leader for OneVoice - an Omnicom offering that serves Royal Philips Electronics. Prior to OneVoice, van Bergen was regional director for the Netherlands and Central and Eastern Europe for Fleishman-Hillard. Before Fleishman, Ms. van Bergen served two stints with McDonald's. She was chief of staff and VP-corporate affairs for McDonald's Europe. She also held the director of marketing, communications and government relations post for McDonald's Central Europe/Central Asia division.

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